Crunchy, Cool and Refreshing Salad

Crunchy, Cool and Refreshing Salad


Fast foods like Pizzas, Burgers and Sandwiches are turning out to be an integral part of today’s life.  Another favorite that is making its way and  finding a place for itself among the present day Indian kitchen is the Salad. Whether you are a vegetarian or a non -vegetarian, there is always salad to delight every palate on the dining table. One can gauge the popularity of salads from the new Salad Bars that are springing up at the metros at vantage points  to the delight of both young and old.

The goodness of Salad

The word salad comes from the french word “Salade” and the Latin word “Salta” which means salty. Usually salads are made out of a mixture of uncooked vegetables with its base as green leafy vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, cabbage etc. Boiled cauliflower  can also form a part of the salad.

You have other common vegetables which can be included in the salad such as , tomato, cucumber,  capsicum, onion, spring onion, carrot, radish etc. In fact ,tomato and cucumber are the permanent members of the salad family. Without them, you cannot call a salad  as a “SALAD”. Mushroom may also be added into a salad.  Salad is supposed to accompany the main dish. Many people add  cooked potatoes, pasta, steamed  beans, noodles and cheese to salads  and it then becomes another main dish. Some have converted it into a non-vegetarian dish by adding shredded chicken etc.

A salad however, is incomplete without the dressing which adds to its appetizing flavor, zest- giving quality , as also the power and tang to it. Normally,  a dressing is a sauce which has either curd, lime juice, vinegar or something similar as its base to which different condiments and herbs are added.

Salad is an art

Salad dressing is an art in itself. It has a long history dating back to ancient times. It is said that Chinese have been using soya sauce for salad dressing for more than 2000 years. History says that Babylonians used oil and vinegar as dressing around the same time. Romans are said to have used Worcestershire sauce from the time of Julius Caesar. There are many more ways of dressing , but then too much of dressing can take  away or mask the flavor of the main ingredients. As a word of caution, never overdress the salads. Toss in just adequate dressing to give an added flavor and serve if you can immediately.

As said earlier, salad was an accompaniment with the main course of food item in the past,  but today salads are becoming an exclusive dish by themselves.A store house of nutrients in the form of fiber, vitamins and minerals, Salad brings forth a healthy way to add  to your daily menu.

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2 Replies to “Crunchy, Cool and Refreshing Salad”


    When making a fruit salad, consider including the following choices – according to the USDA, these fruits are exceptionally high in antioxidants:

    Wild blueberries
    Red Delicious apples
    Granny Smith apples
    Sweet cherries
    Black plums

  2. RADISH.

    Reproduced below is a small note on Radish read in a paper, for the benefit of the readers,.

    Radish is called as a “One month wonder” by many, because from seed to harvest this vegetable takes just 30 days. This will be a good news for those who have their own home vegetable garden. One needs just fertile, loose and well drained soil for growing the same.

    It is said that Mahatma Gandhi was fond of this vegetable, most likely it was for the taste and the punch of vitamin C it provides. This vegetable is lavishly used in salads.

    Radish is low in calories, rich in vitamin C , anti- oxidents, folates and potassium. The leaves of Radish are rich in fibre, betacarotine and minerals.The leaves can also be cooked like spinach and consumed. Unfortnately not knowing the nutritional value of the leaves, they are dscarded at the vendors shop itself by many people.

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